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Source: Cinephil / DFI

‘Flee’, ‘Margrete - Queen of the North’, ‘The Shadow in my Eye’

Denmark has announced a trio of films shortlisted for its submission for the international Oscar race.

The three finalists are:

  • Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, the animated documentary about an Afghan refugee’s journey to Denmark - winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section at Sundance, with Neon handling North American distribution.
  • Charlotte Sieling’s Margrete - Queen of the North – a epic drama starring Trine Dyrholm as Margrete the First, who ruled Scandinavia in the early 1400s; Samuel Goldwyn will release in the US.
  • Ole Bornedal’s The Shadow In My Eye, based on the true story of the accidental bombing of a Copenhagen school during WW2; the local release is set for October.

The final candidate will be selected on Oct 25.

The Danish Oscar Submitting Committee includes chairman Claus Ladegaard (CEO, Danish Film Institute), Jacob Jarek (Danish Producers), Tea Lindeburg (Danish Directors), Mette Heeno (Danish Screenwriters), Jan Weincke (Danish Cinematographers), Nanna Frank Rasmussen (Danish Film Critics), Søren Søndergaard (Danish Cinema Owners) and Marianne Moritzen (Head of Fiction, Danish Film Institute).

Denmark was the winner of the Academy Award for best international feature in 2021 with Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round. Previous Danish winners are Susanne Bier’s In a Better World in 2011, Bille August’s Pelle the Conqueror in 1989, and Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast in 1988.